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Hitman (Soundtrack)

Hitman Review

Directed By: Tung Wai.
Starring: Gigi Leung, Jet Li, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam

Synopsis: Action Hero Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4) stars in this box office hit. This thriller has given Jet Li ample opportunities to show off his martial arts skills and at the same time provide you with non-stop entertainment. Jet Li plays an assassin struggling between righteousness and greed. With high octane action and enthralling fight scenes, the plot begins when an old man seeking revenge on a Japanese plutocrat and hiring the worlds finest assassins to do the job. The irony of the situation is the Japanese plutocrat foresees his own death, and set up a huge trust to reward the person who kills the instigator.

There are two things that will sucker me into renting a, a good premise, and two, I hate to admit it, either Jet Li or Jackie I love watching these two guys different but both so much fun.

The Hitman has a helluva premise. A very rich man, evil sure, but rich, is murdered by an unknown called the Killing Angel...however, this rich man has set up a vengeance fund and should he be killed every Hitman in the world will be called upon to exact revenge for a $100,000,000 bounty.

Sadly, the sub-titles let you down consistently on this film, they are messy and incomprehensible at points, but you can get the general gist of what is going on. Also, what with a great action sequence in a elevator shaft, some nice twists here and there I would have to say that this is a pretty solid must-see for fans of the kickedy-kickedy, slappedy-slappedy genre.

Another nice touch, some great humor scattered throughout along with a big fight finale that is working on two different levels...Jet Li in a very vicious sequence while his co-hort has one of the funnier scenes of the movie being beaten by a woman in thin slippers until he starts breaking glass on the floor and she can no longer come at him without stepping in glass.

The sad thing is my 'I wish I was A Producer' mode went into overdrive and thought it would be great to get Jet Li again and remake this film in English, trim out a few of the scenes that slow the film down and have a real big summer blockbuster in the works. And then I realize that is exactly what is wrong with the industry.

As far as the movie is concerned, 3.5 stars out of 5, even with the bad sub-titling.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Sadly, no special features to speak of.
Video: Standard 1.33:1
Mandarin: Dolby Digital Stereo
Cantonese: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English, Chinese

The DVD Review:
This is a very bare bones disc that simply has the movie and the ability to watch it in the original Mandarin or read the English Sub-titles. The subtitle work, as is often the case, is pretty horrible and at times, incomprehensible. Fortunately the action scenes make up for most of the slip-shod work done here.

Evil Ash

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